Ghelamco Arena (Belgium)
Elbex Technologies bvba
IP-based video network
Implementing fast and accurate video surveillance in AA Gent’s new stadium
Siqura’s IP cameras
With thousands of people packed together and emotions running high, football stadiums call for the highest level of security. Unfortunately, this lesson was learnt the hard way. Real change only came about after the Heysel and Hillsborough stadium disasters in the late 1980s.
Today, safety is a top priority in stadium design. The Ghelamco Arena solicited for a complete yet economical video surveillance solution that would offer a clear view of everything that is going on in and around the stadium. Speed and accuracy were key requirements, with at least 140 pixels per metre for the seating areas. The Ghelamco Arena also wanted a separate fiber-based network ring and a maximum of four server locations for the entire installation.
For each location, Siqura’s VAD partner Elbex Technologies selected the most suitable camera model. The spectator areas are now monitored with Siqura’s HSD820H2-E, a full-HD high-speed PTZ dome camera with 20x optical zoom and 8x digital zoom. Offering support for many different presets, cruises and sequences, the HSD820-E covers a large surveillance area without dead spots. Hands-on assistance is provided by undercover police carrying mobile devices that communicate directly with the central video management system.
The parking decks were fitted with Siqura’s BC820H1, a full-HD box camera with automatic day/night functionality, backlight compensation and wide dynamic range, while Siqura’s CD820F1, a compact fixed dome camera, was placed in public passageways and corridors.
Implementing a well-balanced mix of surveillance hardware has helped turn this modern venue into one of the safest of its kind, a place where both home and away fans can enjoy a great day out.